Meet Maria Victoria Ponce: 2022 Rainin Fellow in Film

Maria Victoria Ponce is a San Francisco Bay Area film writer and director and a 2022 Rainin Fellow. Ponce’s work navigates the complexities in the routine lives within poor and working-class neighborhoods: themes of immigration, sexuality, and coming of age…

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Maria Victoria Ponce is a San Francisco Bay Area film writer and director and a 2022 Rainin Fellow. Ponce’s work navigates the complexities in the routine lives within poor and working-class neighborhoods: themes of immigration, sexuality, and coming of age tend to recur. Through film, she aims to highlight the breadth and depth of the Latinx experience in the Bay Area, including her native Richmond. Ponce is a fellow at Cine Qua Non Lab, National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Latino Media Market, and Latino Screenwriting Project and an artist resident at SFFILM FilmHouse.

In April 2022, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced four recipients of The Rainin Fellowship. This annual Fellowship, now in its second year, supports visionary Bay Area artists with unrestricted grants of $100,000, as well as supplemental support tailored to address each Fellow’s specific needs and goals, including financial planning, communications and marketing help, and legal services. These artists work across disciplines and push the boundaries of creative expression, anchor local communities, and advance the field. Learn more about the four 2022 Rainin Fellows—Brett Cook (Public Space), Maria Victoria Ponce (Film), NAKA Dance Theater (Dance) and Ryan Nicole Austin (Theater)—on the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s website: https://krfoundation.org/arts/partnerships/rainin-fellowship/2022-fellows/

Video credit: Fox Nakai

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